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WHS football welcomes Rite of Passage

Staff report

Since the Whittell High football team felt last week’s season opener at Hawthorne was a golden opportunity to win, the Warriors should feel the same for this weekend’s home opener against Rite of Passage.

The Rams, who visit the Warriors for a 1 p.m. game in Zephyr Cove, are coming off a 29-14 loss to Incline last month in Yerington. The Warriors also are 0-1 after a 6-0 loss to the Serpents last Saturday in Hawthorne.

Something will have to give when the two teams meet on Saturday on South Shore.

“We have more confidence and determination than last year, mainly because of the coaches,” said WHS Roberto Concha-Foley, who is hoping to snap Whittell’s 18-game losing streak against the Rams. “They’ve kept our spirits up and make sure we play with heart.”

The Warriors forced four second-half turnovers against Hawthorne last week and Rite of Passage seems vulnerable to turnovers. The Highlanders recovered three fumbles in their 15-point victory against the Rams and rushed for more than 150 yards.

Whittell rushed for almost 100 yards against the Serpents. Philip Gielow led the way with 44 yards on 17 carries, while senior Travis Swoger contributed 32 yards and Concha-Foley 25 yards.

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